Tag Archives: Ameer Abdullah

Mad Chatter: Ameer’s chance to lead, calling out Husker basketball fans, Creighton stats

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. There’s a massive plate this morning, including my beef with Husker hoops fans, Twitter poll results, my NFL playoff picks, James Franklin, Bobby Petrino, pre-preseason Top 25s, the worst basketball travel you’ve ever seen, Creighton’s road without Grant Gibbs and much more. But first, No. 8 is coming back.

Bo Pelini and I had a conversation in November about his defense. This was right after Minnesota, after a press conference in which I asked him a number of questions, trying to figure out what separated this defense from his best defenses.

He said he liked his talent — a lot. But he also stressed that he needed more leadership. More communication. More guys who …

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Practice report Aug. 28: RB Taylor to redshirt

Adam Taylor requested to redshirt this fall to focus on his development as a player, but running backs coach Ron Brown said the staff will continue to prepare the 210-pound freshman, just in case.

“He’s good enough to play, there’s no question about it,” Brown said. “He’s a talented dude.”

Brown said Taylor will continue to take practice reps with the main offense (not the scout team). Again, just in case. The Huskers have sophomore Imani Cross and true freshman Terrell Newby backing up starter Ameer Abdullah. Brown also mentioned walk-on King Frazier as a guy who could help out as well.

And Taylor was right in that mix, according to Brown. He’s a hard worker on the field and he’s committed to getting better …

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B1G Media Days: Tidbits from Nebraska players

Quarterback Taylor Martinez, receiver Quincy Enunwa and cornerback Ciante Evans chatted about all sorts of different topics Wednesday.

We’ve compiled a few highlights here.

>> Martinez said he’s going out of his way to mentor redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong. The current lesson: “Just to make sure he knows what he’s up for.” There are lots of responsibilities associated with being the starting QB at Nebraska. Martinez said he’s trying to prepare Armstrong for that as best he can. Because Armstrong has the talent. “He’s really good,” Martinez said. “He should have a great career at Nebraska.”

>> Martinez said he’s thrilled to have his brother, Drake, on campus now. They’ve never played for the same team before. Taylor said Drake has “had a lot of fun” …

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Spring Practice Quick Hits, April 1: More progress for NU’s defense

It appears that last week’s practices were productive for every position group within the Nebraska defense. Plenty of positive vibes to go around after practice Monday.

And look, nobody’s going overboard. This young group has plenty of work to do — defensive coordinator John Papuchis made a point to reemphasize that.

But…

Here’s what Papuchis said about Saturday’s scrimmage: “I thought the energy was better. The enthusiasm was better. The effort was better. But I think that’s all a byproduct of knowing what you’re doing. It’s hard to play fast and enthusiastic when you’re not quite sure what you’re supposed to do. We made a big jump last week, in terms of just our general understanding of the entire defense.”

Some tidbits from Monday’s practice, …

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Spring Practice Quick Hits, March 27: Reality checks common for young players

The way coach Bo Pelini sees it: Every player has his own hurdles to overcome before coming close to reaching his own potential. And Pelini can spot lots and lots of hurdles surfacing this spring.

But that’s a good thing.

“I think we have some young guys who kind of got hit with the realization of the type of hard work, the type of attention to detail that’s required to have success,” Pelini said. ”
That realization comes in a lot of different ways but it affects guys and I think it allows them to keep growing. That’s what’s happening with our team.”

The Huskers wrapped up their 10th practice of the spring Wednesday evening, another session that earned a positive review from the sixth-year …

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Spring Practice: Ameer Abdullah sustains knee injury

The way Nebraska’s top running back reacted to it on Saturday, coach Bo Pelini thought Ameer Abdullah might have sustained a serious injury. So did defensive coordinator John Papuchis.

“It spooked me,” he said. ” He’s a leader. You could feel a little bit of the air come out of the building when that happened. That’s an extremely unique situation.”

But after doctors looked at it, Abdullah merely “tweaked” his knee to a lesser degree than Rex Burkhead (on several occasions) did last year. Abdullah — whom Pelini said “fell wrong” in Saturday’s scrimmage — could return before the end of spring practice, Pelini said, but his tone indicated there wasn’t much need for the junior to do so.

“Let’s face it: Ameer didn’t need …

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Brown working on little things with Abdullah

Running backs coach Ron Brown almost didn’t want to admit Monday that Ameer Abdullah’s workload will likely be limited this spring. Because there are so many ways the junior I-back can get better.

Brown provided a few examples: 1) How Abdullah utilizes his plant foot in the open field; 2) Pass protection techniques; 3) Carrying out fakes with full commitment; 4) Becoming more dangerous as a check-down receiver.

Abdullah still needs reps, even though he’s proven so much already, according to Brown.

“I know what I have but I also want him to get better,” Brown said. “There’s areas in his game that he wants to improve on.”

(Ball security’s another one. Abdullah fumbled eight times and lost six last year, but he did become …

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Braylon Heard to transfer

Junior running back Braylon Heard has decided to leave Nebraska’s football program, a source close to the situation confirmed to The World-Herald Tuesday afternoon.

Heard is in the process of getting permission from NU to contact other schools, the source said. MyValleySports.com, a Youngstown (Ohio) based website, first reported late Monday night that Heard would transfer to a program “closer to home.”

Heard has yet to respond to texts and calls from The World-Herald.

Coach Bo Pelini told The World-Herald by text Tuesday morning that Heard hadn’t requested a transfer and wasn’t off the team. Asked if there was any update, Pelini texted, “none.”

Heard, expected to be Nebraska’s No. 2 running back behind Ameer Abdullah, ran for 357 yards on 52 carries in …

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Big Red Breakfast: Forget Iowa’s record, Marrow expects ‘competitive’ game

Iowa’s lost five straight contests and has struggled to keep games close against some of the Big Ten’s better teams. But the Hawkeyes will give Nebraska their best effort Friday.

That’s what NU graduate assistant Vince Marrow expects anyway.

A typical rivalry matchup. Throw the records out the window, Marrow told a crowd of about 250 Husker fans at the Big Red Breakfast. Forget that the Hawkeyes have been outscored by an average of 20 points in their three conference games against teams with winning league records.

“They’re going to be amped to play,” Marrow said. “It’s going to be a very difficult road game. It’s going to be very competitive.”

Why? Marrow’s spent most of his time this week studying the Iowa defense. Here’s …

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